The first Monday in February (which this year was 6 February) has been dubbed ‘National Sickie Day’. Statistically, it’s the day that more workers in the UK will call in sick than any other day.
It’s not surprising that we see sickness absence and stress peak in the winter months but with Blue Monday in January and National Sickie Day in February, it draws our attention to the importance of talking about mental health and what businesses can do to best support their employees.
We’re here to empower you with the right tools and all the support you need to help protect your people, make mental health a priority in your workplace and power your business forward.
Supporting your people
Is it time for a fresh, future-focused mindset to power the people who power your business?
There’s a lot going on in the world right now and when external factors stack up outside of work it can seem even more difficult to tackle poor mental health in the workplace. But supporting your employees can make a real difference to their health and wellbeing, not to mention their productivity.
A recent Deloitte survey found that 28% of employees have either left in 2021 or are planning to leave their jobs in 2022, with 61% citing poor mental health as the reason they are leaving. It’s clear that we need to do more to make sure employees are getting the support they need.
Here’s a couple of steps you can take now to make resources available to your employees.
Mental Health First Aiders
This can be a great way to build a more open and supportive culture. With Mental Health First Aiders in your workplace your employees will have dedicated people they can talk to about their mental health and wellbeing. They will be trained to spot the signs of mental ill-health and act as a first point of contact for colleagues and signpost to sources of support.
Employee Assistance Programmes
You can support your employees’ mental health with an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). This can provide an essential support service for individuals who need to talk to an external person or specialist about their mental health or wellbeing.
Ready to make it a priority to support the mental wellbeing of your employees? ISO 45003 is the tool you need to create a happier and healthier work environment.
ISO 45003 is the world’s first International Standard to address psychological health and wellbeing in the workplace. A best practice framework developed by experts around the world to help organisations of all sizes and from all sectors, identify and manage psychosocial risks to their workers, focusing on the mental health and wellbeing side of Health & Safety.
With ISO 45003 you can show that you really do prioritise the mental health of your employees, protect your people, cut absenteeism, boost productivity, enhance the reputation of your company and save money.
If you’d like to find out more about ISO 45003, get in touch today – call 0333 344 3646 or email [email protected].